Biomass energy company announces third plant in SC

By Central SC Alliance | November 30, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Kershaw County and the Central SC Alliance announced that Southeast Renewable Energy will build a renewable energy facility in Kershaw County. The $50 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs over the next five years.

The company also has plans for similar plants in South Carolina’s Dorchester County and Allendale County. The company has an agreement to sell green power in both cases to Santee Cooper for 30 years.

Company President and CEO Raine Cotton said that Southeast Renewable Energy is “working diligently to get the last few steps of the project worked out; including permitting, that will allow the project to begin construction in early 2011.”

Southeast Renewable Energy will build a 15-megawatt biomass energy plant in Kershaw County that will be fueled using timber residues. The company will sell the green power to Santee Cooper, and the plant is expected to be completed in late 2012. It is expected that the new plant will also create many indirect jobs in the logging, trucking and forest product industries.

“South Carolina continues to see an increasing number of opportunities in both the energy and forestry sectors of our economy, and Southeastern Renewable Energy’s investments utilize our state’s unique skills and resources in these sectors. By fostering a business-friendly climate and focusing on building a skilled workforce, South Carolina is well positioned to attract new investments from companies like Southeastern Renewable Energy and this in turn means job opportunities for workers in our state. We appreciate Southeastern Renewable Energy’s investment and look forward to its success in the state,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

“Kershaw County is pleased to welcome Southeast Renewable Energy to our corporate community,” said Max Ford, chairman of Kershaw County Council. “The company will join an already strong local timber industry in Kershaw County and should set the stage for future energy companies to locate in our area.”

“Central South Carolina has emerged as the clean energy region with a steady flow of energy related projects,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple. “This is due in part to the cluster that has developed around the core competencies that exists with our workforce in the sector. We congratulate Southeast Renewable Energy on this announcements and what they are doing to keep our environment clean and green.”

The company will begin requesting applications for the positions in early 2012.